10 July 2017
San Diego
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Qualcomm counters Apple lawsuit


Qualcomm has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (USITC), accusing Apple of illegally importing iPhones that infringe six of its patents.

The complaint was lodged in response to several anti-trust complaints from Apple, including a $1 billion lawsuit in the US and a separate accusation in China. Qualcomm asked the USITC to investigate Apple’s allegedly infringing imports and issue a limited exclusion order to bar their entry into the US.

Qualcomm has also filed a lawsuit against Apple in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, alleging that certain iPhones infringed the same six patents.

Executive vice president and general counsel at Qualcomm, Don Rosenberg, said: “Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modern technologies or cellular standards.”

“The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions.”

He added: “Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple’s infringement of six our patented technologies.”

Late last month, Qualcomm was denied a motion to dismiss a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint over its licensing of standard-essential patents.

The FTC accused Qualcomm of withholding its standard-essential patents while entering exclusive licensing agreements with Apple.

Apple then sued Qualcomm for $1 billion, arguing that the semiconductor company “unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with”.

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